So my obsession with salted caramel is a full-fledged beast that can’t be stopped. And why should it? Especially when you can indulge with a treat that’s as relatively harmless as these salted caramel topped Rice Bubble (Krispie for my American friends) treats.
Not to mention that they are easy as pie to make! Actually pie isn’t necessarily easy to make… these definitely are. 15 minutes tops, promise. I took them to a casual lunch I had with my sisters-in-law, and they were such a hit that I got scolded for bringing them into their world. So, naturally I went home and made two more batches for the AFL Grand Final BBQ my husband and I were hosting the next day and guess how many were left over? Yup, zero.
I first came across this recipe on a food blog called Butter, with a side of Bread and knew there was no way I wasn’t going to have a go at them. I stuck pretty close to the original ingredients but definitely had to fine tune the execution to get these bad boys looking and tasting the way I wanted.
Give them a shot, you might get addicted!
SALTED CARAMEL RICE KRISPIE TREATS
1 bag of regular marshmallows, or 4-5 cups of mini mallows (about 250g)
6 cups of Rice Bubble (or Krispie) cereal
1 package caramel bits (250g)
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp Milk
1-2 Tbsp Coarse sea salt for sprinkling, (flaked sea salt works too)
Non-stick spray (for the pan- SO IMPORTANT!)
Square or rectangular dish/pan with high sides (lamington pan, brownie pan, roasting dish, whatever… the size determines the depth of the treats so aim for 9×13-ish)
Microwave-safe large bowl (for marshmallow mixture)
Extra-Large mixing bowl (for combining Rice Bubbles and marshmallow mixture)
Microwave-safe medium bowl (for caramel topping)
Rubber spatula (for maneuvering all the sticky stuff)
First step: spray that pan. If you want your treats to come out pretty you will do this Go on, do it. Spray that rubber scraper while you’re at it. Another option is to cut a piece of parchment (if you have it) to fit the pan which is just as effective.
Next, in that large microwave-safe bowl combine marshmallows and butter. Microwave for a 1 1/2 – 2 minutes depending on your microwave power. They’re ready when they look like that Ghostbusters guy, all big and puffy.
When they are ready, add the marshmallow mixture to the extra-large bowl with the Rice Bubbles (measure those little gems out while the mallows are growing in the microwave) and stir together with your rubber (non-stick-sprayed!) spatula until they are evenly coated.
Now transfer that lump of crispy, gooey goodness into your (non-stick-sprayed!) pan or dish and press them out with your spatula to evenly fill the dish. Nice and tidy!
Next up is the caramel topping: combine the caramel bits and milk in the medium microwave-safe dish and microwave for about a minute. Trust me on this, just the one minute. Pull them out and give the mix a good stir until they are fully melted and the mixture is smooth.
Once smooth, spread the caramel mixture (here comes that spatula again) over the bed of Rice Bubble treats, aiming to make as even a layer as possible. Nice and tidy again!
Now, after letting the caramel and marshmallow cool for a minute or two, go ahead and sprinkle on that nice sea salt! The sea salt is to taste but don’t be afraid of it! Start light if you must but give the full dose a chance. BUT, under no circumstance should you ever use table salt- YUCK!
To cut the treats it’s best to take them out of the dish and let them cool a little longer, that way you’ll get clean cuts and won’t damage your pan. Remember that spray I insisted on? You’re welcome.
Now dig in!!!